Yola— Defying the purported ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram Islamic sect, the terrorists, yesterday, overran Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second biggest town in Adamawa State as well as other neighbouring towns and villages, killing many residents who were unable to escape.
Many of the soldiers and residents were said to have fled to neighbouring local government areas. Residents who fled the town said the insurgents also engaged Nigerian troops in a deadly shoot-out.
Joshua Chinasa, a fleeing resident of Uba town which is about 30 kilometres from Mubi, said several people might have been killed during the shooting spree which was still going on at press time. He said:
“We are in serious trouble as these boys (Boko Haram) have taken over our towns, splitting in groups with some Boko Haram members advancing towards Mararraban Mubi and Vintim, the home town of Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, giving Nigerian troops a hot chase. Mubi has now become a ghost of itself as people in their hundreds are fleeing for their lives. Even here in Maiha, we saw military vehicles zooming off towards Yola, the state capital.”
He said that several people might have been killed during the shooting spree that lasted almost two hours in Uba and other villages.
Ahmad Sajoh, the spokesperson to former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, who also narrated his experience, said his daughter was missing after the advance of the insurgents early yesterday.
He said: “This morning, I got a call from my daughter who is a 200 level student of Adamawa State University, Mubi. She was hysterical. I was in Abuja for a meeting, but her information forced me to head back to Yola immediately. She told me that the insurgents were approaching the town which is the second largest in Adamawa State. I ordered her to leave the hostel and join her cousins to escape the town. I called my father who confirmed the story.